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The team behind the popular education, community and audience engagement programmes at the New Theatre and our sister venue St David's Hall now have a new name and identity -
A2: Arts Active.

Education, community and audience engagement

Taking inspiration from the diverse programmes of St David's Hall & the New Theatre and using them as a powerful catalyst for creative endeavours, we aim to encourage people, from the youngest to oldest, to engage in and enjoy arts activity.


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See great drama for ridiculously low prices with react, the free theatre club exclusively for 16 to 25 year olds.

As a react member you can book seats for Tuesday to Thursday evening performances for JUST £5 or £10 for the following dramas at the New Theatre:


To join react, just fill in your details. We'll get in touch as soon as possible and don't worry we won't let anyone use your information to sell you a timeshare in Scarborough or commit you to military service in Aberdeen. All we do is let you in on some great deals.

Once you have completed the form below you will be sent a react card that is required when you book your discounted tickets. As some shows are really popular the £5 react seats are subject to availablity and can't be booked online.



Work experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer Work Experience?

Yes.  We offer a 5 day work experience placement for pupils aged 14+ yrs at the New Theatre or St David's Hall.  Placements are offered following completion of an application form that can be downloaded and a practical workshop.  

Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer work experience during the month of July.  July has become an increasingly busy for all departments, with a higher level of commitments to events and performances. This puts a greater demand on staffing and resources meaning that they unable to devote the time needed to make a placement a worthwhile experience.

Download an application form  (opens in a new browser window) or call us for more information.

How many Work Experience pupils can you take?
We can accommodate up to 6 a term (1 at a time in each venue). 

How far in advance do I need to apply?
The earlier, the better.  The deadline and workshop will always be a term in advance, so anyone who is unsuccessful will still have time to find an alternative placement.

Do you offer Work Placement opportunities for students / graduates?
Occasionally it is possible to arrange a specific placement.  If you would like to be considered for a placement, send a covering note and your c.v to  Make sure to include the type of placement you would like and the dates you would be available.

Can I have a placement with your costume and make up department?
No - as we do not have one.  The New Theatre and St David's Hall are both receiving venues, meaning productions come with their own staff.  It may be possible if you are able to contact the production company directly. 

Cardiff Gamelan - The St David's Hall set of bronze Javanese percussion instruments

Taster sessions for schools on the St David's Hall Javanese gamelan instruments are available throughout the term time.

Cardiff Gamelan Ensemble Tuesdays 6.00pm-8.00pm at St David's Hall
An adult community gamelan ensemble. Players of all abilities are welcome. 


Soundworks is a music project for adults coping with physical and learning difficulties. Arts Active works in collaboration with Cardiff's Adult service day centres to offer their clients a chance to explore and create music in an enjoyable and accessible manner at a weekly music session. Participants are encouraged to communicate and negotiate with others using instruments, art, drama and movement. 

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For more information or to book a place for any of our projects above contact:
A2: Arts Active | Telephone 029 2087 8570 | | Fax 029 2087 8550

Arts Active. St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH.